USS Minnesota (SSN-783)
USS Minnesota (SSN-783) departs Norfolk in January 2014
|Namesake:||The state of Minnesota|
|Awarded:||14 August 2003|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||20 May 2011|
|Sponsored by:||Ellen Roughead|
|Christened:||27 October 2012|
|Acquired:||6 June 2013|
|Commissioned:||7 September 2013|
|Status:||Completed sea trials|
|Class & type:||Virginia-class submarine|
|Displacement:||app. 7800 long tons (7925 metric tons) submerged|
|Length:||114.9 meters (377 feet)|
|Beam:||10.3 meters (34 feet)|
|Speed:||25 knots (46 km/h)|
|Range:||Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years|
|Test depth:||greater than 800 feet (250 meters)|
|Complement:||134 officers and men|
USS Minnesota (SSN-783) is the 10th of a projected 30 Virginia-class submarines. It is the third United States Navy vessel named for the state of Minnesota, and the first to bear the name since 1921. Minnesota was laid down on 20 May 2011, and christened on 27 October 2012 in a ceremony attended by many top ranking officials in the U.S. Navy and Congress. On 6 June 2013, Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that Minnesota had been delivered to the Navy, nearly 11 months ahead of schedule. The boat was placed in commission on September 7, 2013.
- Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs (20 May 2011). "Navy Lays Keel for PCU Minnesota". Navy News Service. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
- Frost, Peter, "Newport News Shipyard Will Lay Keel Of Submarine Minnesota On Friday", Newport News Daily Press, 20 May 2011.
- Submarine Minnesota Delivered On Budget and Ahead of Schedule - Globenewswire.com, 6 June 2013
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (20 May 2011) A welder inscribes the initials of ship's sponsor Ellen Roughead during the keel laying ceremony for the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783) at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding on 20 May. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (20 May 2011) Ellen Roughead, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, and sponsor or the tenth Virginia-class submarine Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783), delivers her remarks during the boat's keel laying ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (20 May 2011) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, and the ship's sponsor, Ellen Roughead, thank crew members and their families at the keel laying ceremony of the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota in Newport News, Va. Minnesota is the tenth Virginia-class submarine under construction. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst/Released).
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (8 Aug. 2011) Cmdr. John Fancher, commanding officer of the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783) and members of his crew stand at parade rest before the start of the Minnesota Twins game against the Boston Red Sox. Fancer and his crew attended the game to launch a contest for Minnesota students to design a logo for the submarine. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Jennifer Cragg/Released)
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (8 Aug. 2011) A video coordinated by the Minnesota Navy League and created by the Newport News Shipbuilding and the crew of the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783) is played before the start of the Minnesota Twins game against the Boston Red Sox. The video was part of a contest for Minnesota students, ages 16–22, to design a logo for the submarine. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Jennifer Cragg/Released)
- USS MINNESOTA SSN 783 COMMISSIONING COMMITTEE (ussminnesota.org).
- Facebook page for the PCU Minnesota SSN-783.
- Commander, Submarine Group 2's web page re the USS Minnesota (SSN-783).
- Huntington Ingalls' web page re the Minnesota.
- News release re shipyard's progress being "pressure hull complete".
- Newport News Shipbuilding launches SSN 783.
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